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The World's Oldest Profession by Jairzinho(m): 9:32am On Jan 10, 2010
Many times we have heard people refer to prostitution as the 'world's oldest profession'.

Going by Bible accounts (GEN 4:2 )however- FARMING - Crop(Cain was a tiller of the ground) AND Animal(Abel was a keeper of sheep) seem to be oldest profession.

How did prostitution come to be reffered to as 'the oldest profession in the world' in contemporary writing?
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by Tudor6(f): 10:29am On Jan 10, 2010
Well Thats because cain and abel NEVER existed.
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by Mavenb0x(m): 12:22pm On Jan 10, 2010
Dreaming (Imagination) is the world's oldest profession, and all other professions rose therefrom. Soon it will be time-travelling (because some interesting people will go to the time before men started to dream tongue)
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by Tudor6(f): 1:00pm On Jan 10, 2010
Child; Mummy what is your profession?

Mum: Honey, i'm a professional dreamer

Child; What the fu ck?
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by ancel(m): 1:10pm On Jan 10, 2010
MAVENB0X: Good THINKing right there! *claps*

Tudor: Mavenb0x is sort of right, I guess. I don't think she meant it that way.
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by Mavenb0x(m): 1:13pm On Jan 10, 2010
Ancel, don't mind Tudor, whose name is often synonymous with "trouble-maker'.

Tudor, in that case, then maybe you need to ask the Mother. She may be an image consultant or a high-profile researcher
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by Tudor6(f): 1:35pm On Jan 10, 2010
Child; Mummy are you an image consultant?

Mum; NO!

Child: what of a high-profile researcher?

Mum; oh hell no! Stay off the bong pipe darling. . .those have got nothing to do with a professional dreamer.

Child; Hmmm. . .*marvels at the wisdom of his mother*
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by DeepSight(m): 1:44pm On Jan 10, 2010
@ OP - What does it matter?
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by ancel(m): 1:50pm On Jan 10, 2010
Child: Mummy, is your friend Tudor on crack?

Mum: Don't you say I told you so, but I am telling you.  tongue
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by Tudor6(f): 2:03pm On Jan 10, 2010
Child: Mum is ancel using multiple Id's on Nairaland?

Mum: Honey, YES.

Child: Mum does that make him a hypocrite?

Mum; YES darling. . .

Child: is he also a criminal mum?

Mum: oh yes! And stay away from him! Such characters are EVIL!

Child: Yes mummy.
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by ancel(m): 2:13pm On Jan 10, 2010
LMAO!!!

Child: Is Tudor female?

Mother: Is Michael Jackson female?
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by Tudor6(f): 3:09pm On Jan 10, 2010
Child;Mum, what does acel know?

Mum; NOTHING!!
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by ancel(m): 3:14pm On Jan 10, 2010
Tudór:

Child;Mum, what does acel know?

Mum; NOTHING!!

Tudor, I know this is getting ridiculous and I hope you realize that, too. Can we have a truce?  wink

P.S. And my name is Ancel. Not Acel. Acel has no meaning as far as I know.
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by Jairzinho(m): 3:16pm On Jan 10, 2010
Deep Sight:

@ OP - What does it matter?
it does,cos this misnomer has successfully crept into our common vocabulary & I'm a stickler for facts  tongue

Tudór:

Well Thats because cain and abel NEVER existed.
You can't possibly be female. . .  .you're too much of a troublemaker(in a largely good natured way of course  wink ) if you ask me .

Mavenb0x:

Dreaming (Imagination) is the world's oldest profession, and all other professions rose therefrom. Soon it will be time-travelling (because some interesting people will go to the time before men started to dream tongue)
lol!
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by Krayola(m): 3:24pm On Jan 10, 2010
I found an interesting paper on this. . . (Was written in 1970 though so there might be some new insight on the subject, but it's still interesting )

[size=15pt]TRAPPING - THE OLDEST PROFESSION[/size]

WILLIAM D. FITZWATER, Wildlife Specialist, Agricultural Extension Service, University of California, Davis, California

ABSTRACT: While trapping is probably the oldest pursuit of man, predating hunting and agriculture, it has not undergone many drastic changes since the first primitive attempts. An arbitrary classification of traps [improvised traps, snares-and nets, cage traps, spring traps and glues] is discussed and examples of each group given. As the behavioral and physical characteristics of vertebrate animals vary so much, it is impossible to discuss trapping procedures in any detail, but certain principles apply to most situations. These are: (1)need for an understanding of the target species' habit patterns, (2) selection of a trap size and design suitable for a given situation, (3) recognition of the need for a more humane approach, (4) maintaining traps in satisfactory mechanical condition, (5) proper placement, (6) attractive bait, (7) adequate concealment, and (cool a sufficient number of traps for a project.

Some credit prostitution as being the oldest profession but before the first cave dweller could pay a couple of skins for the pleasure, he had to catch the original owners. So trapping is indisputably the oldest profession known to man. There is a similarity between trapping and prostitution, however, as in both arts the amateur feels he (or she) knows more than the professional. While not qualified to speak for the professional love-peddler, I feel that in trapping, at least, the professional can produce more and give greater satisfaction than the amateur.


The first traps were probably pitfalls (Osborn, 1930). Our forebears would merely run a
herd of mastodons off a convenient cliff, but as they became more "civilized" they dug pits
and covered them with brush so that they didn't have to wait on the right set of circumstances.
Snares followed pits and are s t i l l in use today with little basic change other than the
substitution of airplane cable for human hair, which doesn't speak too highly of our
technological advance in this field. Deadfalls also remain essentially the same as those
illustrated in the early books on trapping (Gibson, 1881) or the anthropological studies of
early western cultures (Mason, 1902). Cage traps also had an early origin as a ceramic live
trap for catching mice dates back to 2500 B.C. (Anonymous, 1967). The trap that pushed the
American frontier westward was the spring trap which had to await the discovery of iron before
making its appearance. Thus, trapping has been associated with the progress of man down
through the centuries. It may not be as important in the "atomic age" and what follows as it
was in the previous ones, but it w i l l still command interest and a dedicated following.
With the realization that any classification of traps into different groups is arbitrary
because of overlapping designs, but in the interest of organizing my notes into some semblance
of order, I have attempted to categorize traps into five types:

IMPROVISED TRAPS

These are traps that utilize materials and/or physical conditions commonly present on a
given site. This group includes the most p r im i t i v e of traps—pits and deadfalls—as well as
some more sophisticated devices as the setguns. Pits were first natural ravines the animals
could be stampeded into. Later holes were dug in game trails and covered with mats of vegetation
that would collapse under an animal's weight. Variations included leaving a center
core of dirt on which bait was placed (Young and Goldman, 1944) or building a pit above ground by
driving stakes into a circle at a 45C angle leaving a small opening at the top. Dirt piled on
one side permitted wolves to scramble to the top and jump down through the opening to get at
the bait below (Grinnell, 1917). Pits in the form of camouflaged barrel tops (Gibson, 1881)
or floating corks which would drop rats to a watery death (Hogarth, 1929) were some of the
first rat traps. The principle is s t i l l used to sample field rodent populations by placing
buried cans filled with preservative at the end of drift fences (Howard and Brock, 1961).
Another type that belongs in this group as they are essentially horizontal pits are the pen
or corral traps into which hoofed animals (Taylor, 1947), jackrabbits (Palmer, 1897) and
waterfowl (Wilbur, 1967) are herded in big drives.

You can read the whole thing here ---> http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1019&context=vpcfour
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by Tudor6(f): 3:29pm On Jan 10, 2010
ancel:

Tudor, I know this is getting ridiculous and I hope you realize that, too. Can we have a truce?  wink

P.S. And my name is Ancel. Not Acel. Acel has no meaning as far as I know.
What are you talking about?

PS: My name is Tud[b]ó[/b]r NOT Tudor.

I don't know what Tudor means.
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by Tudor6(f): 3:34pm On Jan 10, 2010
Jairzinho:

You can't possibly be female. . .  .you're too much of a troublemaker(in a largely good natured way of course  wink ) if you ask me .
But seriously i'm female but just a hyperactive one. . . Substitute she for he, girl for guy and her for him in all my posts then you'd get an idea of who I am.
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by ancel(m): 3:34pm On Jan 10, 2010
I complained because you omitted the N in my name. Who gives two scoobies about ID spellings anyway?

Tudór:

What are you talking about?

PS: My name is Tud[b]ó[/b] NOT Tudor.

I don't know what Tudor means.

@Tudór: So your name is Tudó?  grin Well how could I tell? I refer to people by their NL usernames and nothing else. I apologize for missing out on the accent aigue (hope I got that right) because I don't know how to insert such a character on the keyboard. But now I have copied and pasted. Satisfied? Tudór. Tudór. Tudór.
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by Okijajuju1(m): 3:37pm On Jan 10, 2010
@ Topic

Hunting.
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by Tudor6(f): 3:41pm On Jan 10, 2010
ancel:

I complained because you omitted the N in my name. Who gives two scoobies about ID spellings anyway?

Evidently you do. . . If not, why complain?
@Tudór: So your name is Tudó?  grin Well how could I tell? I refer to people by their NL usernames and nothing else. I apologize for missing out on the accent aigue (hope I got that right) because I don't know how to insert such a character on the keyboard. But now I have copied and pasted. Satisfied? Tudór. Tudór. Tudór.
ancel. ancel. ancel.
are you happy now?
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by ancel(m): 3:46pm On Jan 10, 2010
Can someone please remind me why this topic is in Religion, and not Career or Culture?  tongue

@Tudor Tudór : I'm happy for words but not for that reason! cheesy Thanks.
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by Krayola(m): 3:48pm On Jan 10, 2010
ancel:

@Tudor Tudór : I'm happy for words but not for that reason! cheesy Thanks.
Tudór:

Evidently you do. . . If not, why complain?ancel. ancel. ancel.
are you happy now?

hahahah. Love is in the air  grin grin
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by ancel(m): 3:51pm On Jan 10, 2010
@Karyola: No way! Do you know this song "O my commanding wife, she wants to destroy my life?" You want me to release the remix, baa?
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by Tudor6(f): 3:53pm On Jan 10, 2010
ancel:

@Tudor Tudór : I'm happy for words but not for that reason! cheesy Thanks.
What does this mean? *scratches her hair*
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by Tudor6(f): 3:55pm On Jan 10, 2010
Krayola:

hahahah. Love is in the air  grin grin
how come? I'm I missing something?
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by Tudor6(f): 3:55pm On Jan 10, 2010
Krayola:

hahahah. Love is in the air  grin grin
how come? I'm I missing something?
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by AKO1(m): 4:10pm On Jan 10, 2010
ancel:

Can someone please remind me why this topic is in Religion, and not Career or Culture?  tongue

If you're not being sarcastic, the poster is arguing that according to biblical accounts (Cain and Abel), farming, not prostitution, is the world's oldest profession.

I agree with the OP. The bible indicates that Adam and Eve did some farming even before Cain and Abel. Genesis 2 shows that God caused mist to rise from the earth (most likely the oceans), and watered the plants. His motive was probably so that Adam would have something to chow once he was formed from the dust.

Also, the first instructions he ever gave to them was about what fruits to eat and what not to (tree of knowledge etc).
P.S. you people please don't derail this thread with this your luvy-duby tongue
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by illusion2: 6:48am On Jan 11, 2010
Tudór:

But seriously i'm female but just a hyperactive one. . . Substitute she for he, girl for guy and her for him in all my posts then you'd get an idea of who I am.
Does that mean you like to do to girls what guys do ? cheesy

@OP, I think I agree,but the origin probably has to do with anthropology. . .
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by Tudor6(f): 7:54am On Jan 11, 2010
^^
Oh hell NO!
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by illusion2: 8:09pm On Jan 11, 2010
Tudór:

^^
Oh hell NO!
ok. . .thank God for that. wink
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by Tudor6(f): 11:55pm On Jan 11, 2010
Thank God for what? Are you homophobic?
Re: The World's Oldest Profession by illusion2: 9:00am On Jan 12, 2010
Tudór:

Thank God for what? Are you homophobic?
Not necessarily. . . . just thinking someone as dynamic as you shouldn't be wasted with a girl tongue

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